Centennial Pickleball Ordinance effective immediately


It may be a reflection on human nature, that such devices should be necessary to control the abuses of government. But what is government itself, but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself.  A dependence on the people, is no doubt, the primary control on the government; but experience has taught mankind the necessity of auxiliary precautions. (The Federalist Papers No. 51)

This quote applies to the Centennial Pickleball Ordinance 2023-O-10 and the Centennial City Council’s unanimity in declaring it an emergency, so that it goes into effect immediately.    I did, Tuesday night, ask City Prosecutor Wiedner whether “Ignorance of the Law is no excuse.” was still a thing in Centennial, and he responded “yes.”   Thus the citizens of Centennial are exposed to punishment for violating an unpublished law starting last Tuesday, until the GovDelivery email blast yesterday. See below.

Side question:  Did EVERYONE in Centennial get a copy of the “New Pickleball Regulations in Centennial” e-mail?  There are some people in town whose only access to the Internet is on days they can drop by a library! And notice that those of us who can afford to pay for Internet access at home still don’t get to see the full, revised version of 2023-O-10 until, the Centennial Government has promised us, [sometime] today!

Finally a shout-out to Candace Moon, who represents Centennial City Council District 1, for at least raising this issue in City Council deliberations.  You will be missed, ma’am!

Bennett Rutledge